G'day for the umpteenth time!
I bring news, my lord (s and ladies!). We have a place to stay in Calgary (the youth hostel which is 400m from the consulate), tickets are booked for the trip up there and our Amtrak stuff on its way. I hope. Thank you all again for your good wishes.
I think you need a little something other than my stress flaring at you.
How about a little sock action? An actual finished sock! Yes I still do knit.
(Lenore pattern in the Raven series from Blue Moon Fiber Arts - you don't know how hard it is to type fiber, center, etc, instead of fibre, centre, etc. Plus the second one is on the needles! Me making a pair of socks! Unthinkable! Inconceivable!)
Interesting how the plying on the yarn makes those columns - I've seen that on Zarina and a few other yarns with a high twist angle.
Some more yarn pr0n?
Oh yes indeed you better believe that the yarn I've been showing you was not all of what I bought for me for my birthday. *blush* (But I did buy some as presents, honest! OK, two skeins.) This lot is the last, really. It all came from Brown Sheep.
Some white Lamb's Pride, only when I look now I can quite clearly see one is white and one is actually labelled "creme." Oops. I though I got a matched pair - must've put the wrong one down in my excitement!
A vaguely indicative picture of some Lamb's Pride in a yummy purple blue colourway. My camera hates these colours and won't take good pics of them. I thought this might make a great felted bag, cos you all know how much I love bags right? How many have I shown off? Umm, well yeah, I admit to not using handbags. I've been dragging around a calico bag from a yarn shop in Melbourne for weeks. It is getting a bit grubby and ragged now but I love it. It is from Home. Home is in my thoughts a lot at present, prolly due to stress and wanting something familiar.
So why did I get myself a new pussy cat? 99c (plus tax!) in the thrift store. She will be a great cushion once we are set up in the next place. She's all the cat I can have currently (hey, unless I find a GOOD soft toy cat. Most suck cos they look like uncats.)
Of course the bright yarn came home with me. I will probably knit some Christmas presents out of it. I am contemplating a pair of thrummed mittens, only if they are Too Nice I will want to keep them. You can see quite clearly why it is a seconds - it was not plied properly.
Then this is where it goes a bit mad. OK, quite quite mad.
Have a look at the label.
Here is one in all its glory - not so keen on the orangey yellow with the pink but it had to come with me.
And this one socked me in the eye so much I had to bring it home! They had a shawl on display made from I think the same colourway. I don't usually go for the shop model colour but it is so lurid! The closeup shot gives a much better idea of the colours.
Finally for my mate craftyscience, cashmere dyed and plied up (in my eyes unfortunately and totally accidentally) to look like a tissue sample dyed with haematoxylin and eosin. (BTW, go and say hi to Crafty Science and admire her new Venezia yarn - so pretty! She's new on the blogisphere.)
Is it my imagination or does it look sorta like a collapsed artery? Layers of muscle and collagen. Anyway it has put me off knitting with it even though it is soft soft soft. I might have to overdye it with some blue to tone down the H&E overtones. I'd best get off my butt and hurry up with that since we leave here on Saturday for our trip. I am still in denial that something that looked so pretty in the skein could come up so terribly when plied.
Holy cow, it is about -4C here now. Brrr! And there is a cold draft blowing in. And it is late enough that the heating has gone off. Whose dumb idea was it that I wanted to experience winter? Even a slight touch of winter has me reaching for the blankies and the mittens and the hats and the scarves, and that is indoors! I'll be the Michellin man if I want to go outside!